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NVHR is working to ensure that U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines for hepatitis B and C testing are implemented in public and private healthcare systems.

2016

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Coverage Determination Proposed Decision Memo: Adding Hepatitis B as a Covered Medicare Preventative Service  July 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memo for adding hepatitis B screening as a covered Medicare preventive service for Medicare beneficiaries who are at high risk as defined by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. NVHR encouraged organizations and individuals to submit comments in support of the CMS proposal.

2015

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Coverage Analysis Process: Adding HBV as a Covered Medicare Preventative Service  September, 2015
NVHR and other organizations wrote to express concern at CMS’ postponement in reviewing their request for a Medicare National Coverage Determination (NCD) for hepatitis B screening for at-risk individuals.

Viral Hepatitis Billing Codes Resource from California Department of Public Health  September, 2015
This hepatitis C screening toolkit provides clinicians with viral hepatitis billing codes and a breakdown of hepatitis B and C testing.

Medicare National Coverage Determination Request for Hepatitis B Screening  May 28, 2015
NVHR, in partnership with the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), Hep B UnitedHepatitis B Foundation, the National Task Force on Hepatitis B, and many co-signing organizations submitted a formal request that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services initiate a National Coverage Determination process for including hepatitis B screening of high risk individuals as a covered Medicare preventive service.

A CDC Guide to Comprehensive Hepatitis C Counseling and Testing  May 2015
This manual provides guidance for counseling and testing of individuals who are at risk for or potentially living with hepatitis C. It includes information on rapid and confirmatory hepatitis C testing in the field.

  • For an adapted guide for primary care settings, click here.

NVHR Fact Sheet: The Urgency of Hepatitis C Screening for Baby Boomers  July 2015
NVHR created this one page fact sheet to educate providers and advocates on hepatitis C screening for Baby Boomers. For the extended two-page fact sheet, click here.

 

2014

NVHR Fact Sheet - HCV: Why Screen in an Uncertain Treatment Climate  August 19, 2014
Current challenges in access to new HCV treatments have resulted in reluctance among some medical providers to test their patients. This fact sheet outlines why HCV screening is vital, even during this uncertain treatment climate.

Medicare Will Cover Hepatitis C Testing for those Born 1945-1965  June 2, 2014
CMS announced it would cover hepatitis C testing for Baby Boomers when ordered by a primary care physician or eligible Medicare provider.

NVHR Applauds USPSTF Hepatitis B Screening Recommendations May 27, 2014
In this press release, NVHR applauded the USPSTF’s release of its final recommendations on hepatitis B screening of non-pregnant adolescents and adults, which would allow those living with hepatitis B to be screened and linked to care.